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Masonville Cove cleanup

Combatting Climate Change

Key Issue

In line with our mission, the National Aquarium is committed to:

  • Expanding efforts around climate change and coastal resiliency, which is one of our organization’s three primary conservation priorities. Our other priorities include urban conservation and diversity, and ocean and human health.
  • Sparking open dialogues around climate science and the simple actions we can all take to make a difference.
  • Protecting global citizens’ rights to clean air, water, land and healthy communities.
  • Informing and educating our audiences, and motivating them to act on behalf of our planet’s well-being in the days, years and decades to come.

We care about this issue because:

  • The National Aquarium sits at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay—the country’s largest estuary. As residents of a coastal state, our staff, volunteers and members are experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand and we know that we’re not alone.
  • Thanks to science-based research, we know the health and welfare of people here in our hometown of Baltimore and across the globe are directly linked to our response to climate change and its short-term and long-term effects on our planet.
  • The National Aquarium relies on science-based research to understand the immediate impact climate change is having on the ecosystems that support people, animals, and our communities.

We help combat climate change by:

  • Treating each visit to our world-class facility as an opportunity to inspire and enlighten our guests. Every year, 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium.
  • Being part of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and the Maryland Climate Change Commission. As a participatory members, we are working to change the national discourse on climate change to be more productive, creative and solutions-focused.
  • Continually enhancing our green business practices, including shifting to solar energy to meet 40 percent of the Aquarium’s annual energy demand, making water efficiency upgrades and eliminating single-use plastics from our campus.
  • Working in Baltimore city and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to restore habitats and enhance coastal resiliency

Updated April 18, 2017